|Momentous events in the life of a cactus (Life Of A Cactus)|
Author: Bowling, Dusti
After navigating middle school, ninth-grader Aven, born without arms, struggles with the challenges of high school, which test her confidence, strength, and sense of self.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 504747
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/19)
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Booklist - 07/01/2019 High school gets off to a rocky start for armless but by no means helpless Aven, as supposed romantic overtures from cool new classmate Joshua turn out to be a Truth or Dare from his buddies. The sturdy self-confidence and deep-seated belief in the essential decency of others that served Aven so well in Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus (2017) are left in such rags that she skips school, tries to drive away her friends Zion and Connor, loses interest in her riding lessons, and steadfastly refuses to see signs of genuine attraction from Zion’s brother, Lando. Ultimately time and events, highlighted by a hard but incentive fall from her horse and a trip to Comic-Con—not to mention support from a diverse and multigenerational adult supporting cast—lead Aven past what she dubs the “Great Humiliation” to leave her both literally and figuratively back in the saddle. Though Bowling’s plotline takes a more conventional course in this second outing, and she deals rather summarily with Joshua, readers will welcome back this most able of protagonists. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.